Specialist Areas

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Specialist Areas

The pupils at Gilles Street Primary School study a range of specialist areas.

Media Studies
The Arts

Gilles Street Primary School recognises that understanding other cultures through learning an additional language enables cultural connections with global communities. The learning of a language develops student capacity in the General Capabilities of Intercultural Understandings and Communication and complements the learning in the other Capabilities as well as linking across other Australian Curriculum Learning Areas. Spanish is our language of choice and is provided to mainstream students from Reception to Year 5 for 50 minutes per week and 100 minutes each week for students in Year 6 and 7.

Why Spanish?

  • It is the third most spoken language in the world - about 330 million people speak Spanish as their first language; another 100 million speak Spanish as their second language.
  • It is the second world language of international communication and the fourth language in the Internet community. 
  • It is the official language in 21 countries. 
  • It is one of the three official languages of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. 
  • It is relatively easy to learn
  • It is one of the supported languages of the Australian Curriculum

2017 ¡Hola Amigos! Trial

In 2017 we are working with DECD to trial an innovative new approach to the teaching and learning of Spanish in South Australia. DECD is investigating the potential of online learning programs to facilitate language learning with the support of non-language teachers to facilitate intercultural understandings. We are a part of Mode 3 where established Spanish language programs use the online platform to extend/support learners beyond the classroom.

We will be using ¡Hola Amigos! developed by the Instituo Cervantes used successfully in Canadian schools.

Media Studies

Students in the Intensive English Language Program are provided with 50 minutes each week of Media Studies. Students work with our English as an Additional Language Support teacher, Helen Grant.

Students learn about using and producing a diverse range of printed and electronic mass media texts. Student activities include making 'zines' and constructing photographic and film-making design briefs. Our IELP and EAL/D students investigate how meaning is made in media through use of visual, gesture, audio, linguistic, spatial and multimodal elements.

The Arts

Gilles Street Primary School has a reputation for excellent visual and performing arts programs. We value the arts as an important means of communicating with each other in ways that build bridges of cultural understanding. The school participates enthusiastically in arts festivals such as the DreamBIG Childrens FEstival, the Festival of Arts, Young Film Makers and Festival of Music. All children in the school study Performing Arts (Music and Drama) as a Specialist suubject. They have the opportunity to express themselves in a wide variety of media, become involved in interesting local projects and work with artists in residence.

Visual Arts continues to be of importance and you will see student work displayed around the school, our city and in special exhibitions.

Each year, all children from years R-7 participate in the annual production, performed in the Royalty Theatre on Angas Street.

We work closely and creatively with the 'Windmill Performing Arts Company' building student expertise in the Performing Arts area. We also make the most of our close proximity to theatres and utilise performances and cultural events in our learning programs both as incursions and excursions.

The school has earned a reputation for giving voice to students though the medium of film with titles such as Sudan, Afghani Cooking Show and All About Me, available for purchase and popular as teaching resources for other schools.